It’s important in the learning process to understand the power of having periodic assessments.
In schools, the terms used also include quizzes and tests. Most of us think of these assessments as measures of our success and worth.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead, assessments share with us how much we’ve learned and how much we understand, as well as how much we know what to use (apply) moving forward.
In the arts we don’t talk about this much and yet, assessments can be a powerful tool to help you quickly and efficiently learn new skills and develop your unique artist voice.
You can use this idea to help you see what you’ve learned from a new class you’ve taken.
You can also use this idea to help you measure your progress and learning personally.
In this video I’m talking about how we use assessments in Self-Taught to Self-Confident, which you can also apply to your own artist practice as well.
- I define pre-assessments,
- How you can observe your own growth and progress,
- Help you decide what to focus on moving forward.
- I also give a reading of an assessment that helps a student identify strengths and things to develop in her skill development,
- which will help you consider who to ask feedback from and how you can reflect on your own work.
The biggest challenge I see students face is the inability to separate learning moments from the success of an artwork.
It’s valuable to create separate assessments that you aren’t thinking of as artwork to help overcome the mindset issues that arise from this problem.
Sometimes learning the why can inform the what and how. I hope that’s how today’s video worked for you!
How can you incorporate the use of assessments into your practice? How do you already? Tell me more in the comments below.